James was employed for 34 years in the maintenance department of the Elyria City Schools, retiring in 2005. He enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes and scrapping.
Jim is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janice E. (nee Sanders); son, Jimmy Lee (Sarah) Rucker; granddaughters, Elizabeth and Madeline; brothers, Delmas and Perry; and a sister, Loretta.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mason and Emagene Rucker; and a brother, Gary.
Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service handled arrangements.